Copyright Victory Could be a Catch 22 for Freelance Writers

Wired reports today that the recent victory for freelance writers may not be so great afterall. According to the article, \"A major problem for writers is that many publishers, anticipating a loss in the Tasini case, have begun demanding that freelancers sign away all rights to their articles, including electronic rights, for no additional payment,\" said freelance writer Miriam Raftery in an e-mail. This sign-or-else mentality forces freelancers to choose between short-term survival and long-term stability.\" [more...]

Limited Copyright Exemption for Distance Learning Doesn\'t Include Libraries

Brian Krebs writes...
\"Legislation that would provide a limited copyright exemption for distance learning received a cozy reception from a House Judiciary subcommittee and its panelists today. The bill, S. 487, unanimously passed the Senate in a voice vote earlier this month, but only after a lengthy standoff between educational groups and the publishing industry...another bill would have extended the same exemptions to not-for-profit libraries, a possibility that was rejected during discussions on the bill in the Senate.\"
[more...] from NewsBytes.

Private Armey

According to House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the government is the biggest privacy offender and Congress should be more concerned with correcting its own privacy flaws before going after corporate abusers. [more...] from NewsBytes.

Happy Valentine\'s Day CIPA

The U.S. District Court in Philadelphia Tuesday ordered February 14, 2002 as the date for a civil suit to overturn the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). [more...] from NewsBytes.

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The problem of internet plagiarism

When a student had trouble aligning the margins on his research paper, he asked the school librarian for help. She had her suspicions and uncovered the real problem - his entire paper was lifted (margin formatting and all) directly from the internet. This story leads in to a detailed discussion of the increasingly common problem of internet plagiarism among school and college students and the measures that are being taken to deal with it.
[This story is from the New York Times so you need to register to have access to it - but it\'s free.]

Talk About High Turnover

People at the Lee County Library System in Florida seem to have trouble holding onto emplyees. Since 1999, they have lost ten administrators. Some blame the director. [more...] from News Press.

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Placing Borders on the Internet

Michael Geist writes...
\"The development of cyberlaw has long been shaped by the belief that the Internet is borderless. Many observers argue that without borders, the Internet is impervious to the real-space laws that govern traditional geographic boundaries.\" [more...] from Globe Technology.

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10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

ALA Online has a Nifty List of the 10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library.

#1: Not Everything Is on the Internet.
#10: The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable.
Read the story for the full list.

That reminds me... I first learned the definition of Ubiquitous from Monday Night Football.

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Librarians Just Don\'t Process Information the Same as Us Normal People

Emil Guillermo on the \"Librarian Frame of Mind...\"[more...] from Asian Week. They also have a link to \"APA Librarians Share Vision and Knowledge\" in the same publication. My brain is attempting to grasp something I learned in \"Studies in Logic\" while in college...how does that go again...

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FL Media Specialists deleted from Board Certification

Someone passed along This Link to a release that states, in part:\"the Department of Education will not be including any \"specialists\" in the Excellent Teaching Program (national certification & mentoring program). The Department has taken the position that the Statute that established the program was not intended to include teachers who did not have a full time class asigned to them.\"

Porn Again

By now everyone has heard of the Minneapolis 12, who filed a sexual harassment complaint with the EEOC over exposure to Internet porn on the job. According to constitution attorney Robert Peck, \"Because libraries exist to provide citizens with access to information, pornographic material \"that is within the protection of the First Amendment cannot be banned.\" [more...] from The Freedom Forum.

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Finger: the new student webzine

Thanks to the ever-excellent Library Juice, I discovered that the students at SLIS, University of Michigan have started a new webzine, Finger. It has lots of interesting articles, including one about Questia vs. \"real\" libraries, interviews, oh lots of good stuff. I would have liked to see a little introductory piece on \"this is who we are and what this zine is about\" but maybe that\'s just me... Still, it made me proud of my library school roots!

What of eBooks?

Desley writes :\"Do you or any of the readers see the advantage of e-books for small Public Libraries? Can you see grandma curling up with the cat and an eBook reader on a cold winter\'s night?
If a grandchild wanted to give a loved grandparent an eBook as a gift where could they lovingly write the inscription for the grandparent to treasure for many years, or, for that matter, where could grandma write her inscription to the beloved grandchild to be treasured as well?
I see their value in the academic field or for the \'serious\' reader but I would be disappointed if they were to take over the world and deprive many of the pleasure of the feel of a \'real\' book. Maybe I am just a softie but the feel of a real book is like the caress of a loved one.
Hey, all you out there in LISNews Land!!! What do you think?\"

Have You Insured Your Library for Toxic Mold?

Well...okay...
Ever hear of a library being forced to close because of toxic mold? Libraries aren\'t at the forefront of this article, but it mentions public facilities, including libraries being forced to close because of toxic mild infestations. Yuck. [more...] from The Houston Chronicle.
**Related article by Robin Wilson -
Mold and Fear Seep Into a Department.
(Thanks Ryan).

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We Want a Library

Jennifer Lin writes...

\"The complaint from Center City neighbors on the east side of town was loud and persistent: We want a library.

Ever since the Free Library of Philadelphia closed the Mercantile Branch at 11th and Chestnut Streets in 1989, the swath of neighborhoods to the east of City Hall had had no library to call its own.\" [more...] from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Web Access Poses Dilemma to Librarians

A convicted child molester allegedly downloaded child pornography from an Internet-connected computer in a public library not equipped with filtering software designed to prevent access to pornographic Web sites. The library director said she doesn\'t regret not having filtered the computers. [more...] from The Providence Journal.

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Plug yourself in to the internet

The Globe and Mail reports that major technology companies have made a breakthrough in work on using power lines to transmit data.

\"As early as October, consumers in Canada and the United States will be able to use any plug in their house to connect computers to each other and to the Web. No extra wiring will be required. Instead, a small, $99 (U.S.) device will connect a home\'s electrical system to the existing cable or telephone Internet feed.\"

More in the full story. This sounds like a great idea in theory but, as someone currently living in California, I\'m not looking to buy into this system in any hurry!

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A history of the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is celebrating its first 100 years with this beautifully designed site, Our Nation\'s Album. It chronicles the whole development of the library over the last century and has a nifty little timeline of major events running along the bottom of the screen. Worth a look.

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Librarians Receive Drug Training

As part of a special drug awareness program, librarians in Australia are being trained in drug-related issues. [more...] from The Australian.

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Book Shipments Confiscated

Robert Kent sends this one via e-mail:
\"Two shipments of books sent to independent libraries in Cuba have been confiscated in recent days, according to a report by Alida Viso Bello in the June 20 issue of CubaNet (www.cubanet.org). As reported by Havana librarian
Ricardo Gonzalez, a package of books sent to the Jorge Manach Library from Italy was recently intercepted by Cuban customs agents, who confiscated some of the books after declaring them to be \"counterrevolutionary\" and \"against
the interests of the nation.\" Mr. Gonzalez denounced this act as a violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants everyone the right to \"seek, receive and impart information and ideas
through any media and regardless of frontiers.\"

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